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Side Effects of Anakinra

Possible Side Effects of Anakinra

Anakinra has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to side effects that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In the studies of anakinra for rheumatoid arthritis, the most common side effects included:
  • Pain or redness at the injection site -- in up to 71 percent of people
  • Headaches -- up to 12 percent
  • Nausea -- up to 8 percent
  • Diarrhea -- up to 7 percent.
Similar side effects were seen in studies of anakinra for treating neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease (NOMID).

Final Thoughts on Anakinra Side Effects

You may experience some or none of the anakinra side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking anakinra or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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